Food Security

Northeast Nigeria: "Hundreds of thousands have fled"

DAKAR, 28 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - More than 400,000 people in northeastern Nigeria, who have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing violence by militant Islamist group Boko Haram, are in "urgent need" of assistance, humanitarian agencies say. This number is likely to increase as attacks against civilians escalate. full report

Iraqi farmers suffer as land seized by militants

JURF-AL-SAKHAR/DUBAI, 26 November 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - Across Iraq as the group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) continues to hold large swathes of land, there are concerns not just about farmers’ lost livelihoods, but also the impact that uncollected harvests and the lack of winter planting will have on Iraq’s food security into next year and beyond. full report

The world's strangest land grab?

MAZAR-I-SHARIF, 24 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Every year the Amu Darya river encroaches about 500 metres into Afghanistan, taking with it large swathes of territory and leaving hundreds of families homeless. And as the official border between the countries is defined as the middle of the river, Uzbekistan has laid claim to hundreds of square kilometres of Afghan territory. full report

PRESS RELEASE: IRIN humanitarian news service to spin off from the UN

GENEVA, 20 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - After nearly 20 years as part of the United Nations, the humanitarian news service IRIN is spinning off to become an independent non-profit media venture, with the support of a major private donor full report

Trade and transfat in the Pacific

BANGKOK, 17 November 2014 (IRIN Global) - Diminished agricultural production and unhealthy imports are contributing to some of the world’s highest obesity and diabetes rates in the Pacific Islands. Thousands of kilometres away from this backdrop, high-level officials are gathering for the only second-ever global nutrition conference in Rome, starting 19 November, to consolidate agreement on an international framework to improve nutrition. full report

Any lessons from Operation Lifeline Sudan?

JUBA, 14 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - When Operation Lifeline Sudan (OLS) began 25 years ago, it sought to extend a helping hand to the millions in need and caught up in the second Sudanese civil war (1989-2005). full report

Afghan malnutrition - the search for solutions

JALALABAD, 11 November 2014 (IRIN Asia) - Attempts to tackle malnutrition in Afghanistan are being hampered by cultural norms, shrinking health budgets and the short-term nature of aid. full report

Lake Malawi’s dwindling fish stocks threaten livelihoods

KARONGA, 7 November 2014 (IRIN Africa) - A combination of overfishing and the use of illegal fishing gear has seen fish stocks in Lake Malawi dwindle to the point that local people's livelihoods and food security are now under threat. full report

Nearly 25 million food insecure in Sahel

DAKAR, 29 October 2014 (IRIN Africa) - Food security and malnutrition rates across the Sahel are deteriorating, due in large part to ongoing conflict and instability in the Central African Republic (CAR), northern Mali, and northeast Nigeria, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). full report

Meet the Israelis picking Palestinian olives

JERUSALEM, 28 October 2014 (IRIN Middle East) - As Palestinian olive pickers again face violent threats and restrictions on their work, some Israelis are going out of their way to protect them. full report

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